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Boris Johnson And The Tale Of ‘Partygate’ Events Amidst Deadly Pandemic.

Boris Johnson is back where he belongs: in the spotlight. But he’s not thrilled with the cause. A committee of Lawmakers recently grilled Britain’s former prime minister on whether he lied to Parliament about rule-breaking parties at government facilities during the coronavirus crisis. 

Boris Johnson said he did not mislead parliament about rule-breaking COVID-19 lockdown parties as the former prime minister fought for his political ambitions at a recent session with MPs where he will be grilled for hours. Parliament’s Committee of Privileges is probing whether Boris Johnson, who was booted from Downing Street in September, willfully or negligently mislead the House of Commons in a series of remarks regarding the parties.

The former leader, who mulled a bold campaign for a second term as Prime Minister last year, claims he was not told the events violated the rules and accuses the committee of prejudice. 

Boris Johnson And The Tale Of ‘Partygate’ Events Amidst Deadly Pandemic.

How the event may tamper the political career of Boris Johnson?

The hearing, which is expected to last several hours, is a dangerous time for a politician whose career has been a roller coaster of controversies and comebacks. If the House of Commons Committee on Privileges finds that Boris Johnson misled on purpose, he might face suspension or perhaps removal from Parliament. Any suspension of more than 10 days may result in a by-election in his constituency. A 10-day suspension would enable his constituents in the suburban London region of Uxbridge and South Ruislip to ask for a special election to substitute Boris Johnson.

That would effectively end any prospects of a return for the 58-year-old politician, who led the Conservative Party to a landslip win in 2019 but was pushed out by his party in July 2022 after being embroiled in scandals involving money, ethics, and judgment.

The claim by the investigating committee.

The committee, made up of Conservative and opposition members, stated in a preliminary report this month that evidence strongly suggested it would have been “clear” to Boris Johnson that events in his Downing Street offices in 2020 and 2021 violated COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. 110 pages of information were previously brought to light by the Committee, indicating that some Downing Street officials believed Boris Johnson must have known parties had been held despite his denials.

Boris Johnson And The Tale Of ‘Partygate’ Events Amidst Deadly Pandemic.

The defense of former minister Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson said that his repeated promises to Parliament that the regulations were strictly adhered to “did not turn out to be right.” He did, however, state that he “did not knowingly or carelessly mislead” Lawmakers. In a compilation of written evidence, Boris Johnson stated that it never occurred to him that the meetings, which included cake, wine, cheese, and a “secret Santa” joyous gift exchange, violated the socializing limitations placed on the country by his administration.

He said he “really felt” the five parties he attended, including a staffer’s farewell and his surprise birthday celebration, were “lawful business gatherings.” “No cake was consumed, and no one even sang ‘Happy Birthday,'” he stated of the party on June 19, 2020.

Boris Johnson stated that “trusted experts” informed him that neither the legally binding regulations nor the government’s coronavirus advisory had been violated. He subsequently stated that he was “genuinely surprised” by the rule-breaking revealed by police and senior civil servant Sue Gray, who conducted an inquiry into “partygate.”

Some top officials, however, denied telling Boris Johnson that instruction was always followed. According to the committee’s written testimony, principal private secretary Martin Reynolds stated that he “questioned whether it was feasible to assert that all directions had been followed at all times.”

Authorities finally issued 126 penalties for the late-night soirees, alcoholic parties, and “wine time Fridays,” including one to Boris Johnson, and the controversy hastened the premiership’s demise.

Gray’s impartiality has also been called into doubt by Boris Johnson and his followers, as she has taken a post as chief of staff to the leader of the opposition Labour Party.

The misleading house may appear to be a minor technical issue, but it is of critical importance, according to Harriet Harman, head of the committee, at the start of the hearing. Intentionally or carelessly misleading, refusing to answer, or neglecting to rectify impedes or frustrates the running of the home and is considered disrespectful.

After months of accusations that he, along with other top government members, had been present at alcohol-fueled celebrations in Downing Street throughout 2020 and 2021, when much of the rest of Britain was compelled to stay at home, the so-called partygate controversy contributed to Boris Johnson’s eventual collapse. The public outrage and repeated accusations of lying finally led to the resignations of most of his senior cabinet ministers, including the present prime minister, Rishi Sunak.

angry british man |

The end words of anger among Britons.

The revelations about the meetings prompted outrage among British folks who had been unable to see friends and family or even say farewell to dying relatives in hospitals due to protocols implemented to regulate the spread of the coronavirus.

edited and proofread by nikita sharma

Priyanka Chakraborty
Priyanka Chakraborty
Chakraborty is a Digital Journalist at Inventiva who drafts content on current social topics. Her forte is documenting opinionated content based on data, facts, and numbers while adhering to media ethics, which go beyond simply crafting news headlines. Her core intent in writing such content is that every word her viewers read should give meaningful insights to their time spent on the articles.
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